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Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence to train youth in Additive and Emerging Technologies in West Bengal

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Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence in Kolkata
Above: Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence in Kolkata/Image Source: Webel Fujisoft Vara

As the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit 2022 begins today in West Bengal, the Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence, an initiative of the Government of West Bengal set up by the Department of IT & Electronics, through its nodal agency Webel, and the MSME Directorate, West Bengal, has distinctly stated its intention to provide: Training in emerging technologies such as 3D printing to develop a talent pool, Technology services to industry, and Advisory services to the MSME sector on new technologies so that the sector can upskill to fully utilise Industry 4.0 technologies.

This initiative seeks to make a significant social impact by leveraging the power of emerging technologies. The Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence primary focus areas are to radically transform skill development and to provide corporate start-ups and the MSME sector with access to technology that can boost productivity, product quality, and foster innovation.

Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence

Ecosystem of 3D printing services at the CoE
Above: Ecosystem of 3D printing services at the CoE/Image Source: Webel Fujisoft Vara

The Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence is a cutting-edge facility in Kolkata built by Fujisoft Vara Private Limited, a joint venture between Fujisoft Inc. in Japan and Vara Technology in India. It is one of India’s first platforms to bring together the full range of Industry 4.0 technologies, including Additive Manufacturing, Data Science, Cybersecurity, and Embedded Systems/IoT – all under one roof.

The CoE has collaborated with Stratasys, one of the world’s leading 3D ecosystem manufacturing companies, to establish a state-of-the-art 3D printing lab with 7 industrial grade machines – the first of its kind in the country’s eastern region. It provides corporates and MSMEs with 3D consulting, design, and printing services to help them turn their ideas into quick reality.

There has been an increase in demand for 3D printing services, which is expected to lead to an increase in demand for professionals trained in 3D production and design skills. For recent engineering graduates and design students, 3D printing holds enormous promise. 3D printing will soon become an essential part of prototyping, design, and production in most manufacturing sectors, making now the best time to develop skill and expertise in this technology in order to be well-positioned as the demand for professionals grows day by day. 3D printing is used in a variety of industries in India, including automotive, consumer products, aerospace and defence, healthcare, and industrial production, among others. The increasing penetration of 3D Printing across various industries will propel its growth.

“As a Japanese Company we are immensely proud to be a part of a project that delivers specialised technological skill development in West Bengal and also brings emerging technologies of Industry 4.0 to the State. We thank the Department of IT&E, West Bengal Govt. for this opportunity and we look forward to working in partnership to create true social and economic impact.”

– Mr. Takuji Hasui, General Manager, Global Business Division, Fujisoft Inc., Japan

Education in Additive and Emerging Technologies

Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence has installed a Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer
Above: Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence has installed a Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer/Image Source: Stratasys

The Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence provides a wide range of courses to train young graduate engineers and professionals in all aspects of additive manufacturing and design. The courses in the CoE provide students with industry validated certification and the most relevant and in-demand skill set, with certification from Stratasys and Dassault Systemes.

The goal of the Center of Excellence is to provide high-quality education on emerging technologies to students, working professionals, and new-age entrepreneurs in order to boost their competitiveness and develop highly skilled industry-ready professionals and technopreneurs. It has partnered with a number of global organisations and leading technology companies to provide infrastructure, hardware, and software, as well as academic support and certification.

The Webel Fujisoft Vara Centre of Excellence provides a complete ecosystem for talent development. Case studies, real-world projects, and Capstone Projects are all included in the courses, which are sponsored by corporations. The CoE provides highly specialised training to recent graduates and working professionals who want to learn new technologies to improve their employability or reboot their skills to jumpstart their careers as employees or entrepreneurs. The CoE courses are industry certified to ensure that they meet market requirements and improve employability. Training is available in a variety of formats, including on-premises and online courses. The CoE offers a variety of courses of varying lengths. Graduates of the Certificate Programmes also receive training in problem solving, decision making, negotiation skills, communication and presentation skills, understanding finance and the fundamentals of project management, and workplace ethics.

“As a Company that specializes in niche Industry 4.0 technologies such as Cybersecurity and Blockchain we recognize the importance of skill creation in these areas, as demand far out-strips supply and there is genuine need for talent. We are extremely happy to participate with our Japanese Partner Fujisoft Inc. and the West Bengal Government in this initiative to deliver training in technologies of Industry 4.0 and bring cutting edge 3D Manufacturing solutions to Industry and the State of West Bengal.”

– Mr. Vishal Arora, CEO, Vara Technology 

The CoE has best-in-class infrastructure in multiple technologies, including the most recent hardware, software, training modules, best-in-class faculty members, industry collaboration, hands-on-training, and funding opportunities for Startups, allowing it to truly be India’s Innovation Hub.


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